At the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) we recognise that these are unique and unprecedented times for the world. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, a global health crisis, demands global solidarity. We must have empathy for all those suffering from the coronavirus and avoid all types of discrimination when it comes to this disease’s origin and/or any individual who has contracted the virus. Open and honest communication and behaviour is required to delay the spread – only united can we fight this virus. At all times we remain guided by the expert advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), National Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, our public health emergency teams and research institutions who are continually updating and advising our governments on the most effective approaches to contain, mitigate and delay the virus spread in our countries.

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